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La Lumiere 6-foot-7 junior Joseph Toye goes up for a layup in a game against the Mitchell Kernels Friday during the Fourth Annual Mike Miller Classic at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)
La Lumiere 6-foot-7 junior Joseph Toye goes up for a layup in a game against the Mitchell Kernels Friday during the Fourth Annual Mike Miller Classic at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)

No. 20 La Lumiere routs Kernels in Classic

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La Lumiere proved why it’s the No. 20 ranked team in the nation Friday.

The Lakers (13-1) put on an offensive showcase and dominated the boards as they beat the Mitchell Kernels (1-4) 84-51 in the Fourth Annual Mike Miller Classic at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

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“I thought we did some good things in the first half,” La Lumiere coach Alan Huss said. “Mitchell was intense early and when we eventually matched their intensity level, we did some good things.”

La Lumiere built a 19-point lead at the half and shot 55 percent from the field in the contest.

The Kernels stayed with the Lakers early as junior Beau Brown scored five of Mitchell’s first seven points of the game. La Lumiere responded with a dunk by 6-foot-7 senior Sam Logwood, which began its 8-0 run.

“These guys are faster and stronger than a lot of the teams we play, and I wish we played more of that,” Brown said. “If we played more of that, yeah we might lose by a lot, but we’d get used to a fast pace and get better.”

The Lakers, who five players who are 6-foot-7 or taller, controlled the boards, outrebounding Mitchell 45-24. Sadiq Inuwa, a 6-foot-7 junior, and Alex Olesinski, a 6-foot-9 junior, each brought down eight rebounds.

“We were always trying to get those block outs and we there but sometimes they just manhandled us under the rim,” Mitchell coach Erik Skoglund said. “We physically did as much as we could against that talented team.”

The Kernels shot 36 percent from the field and 60 percent from the line. Junior Beau Brown led offensively with a season-high 17 points, while junior Carter Brewster followed with eight.

La Lumiere was led by junior Jalen Coleman, who scored 13 of his game-high 20 points in the first half. Logwood, freshman Isaiah Coleman and junior Jojo Anderson each had 11 points in the win.

The Lakers take on West Oaks Academy (Red Springs, N.C.) at 3 p.m. today, while Mitchell plays Sioux Falls O’Gorman in an in-state con-test at 7 p.m. at the Corn Palace.

Mitchell senior Ryker Kreutzfeldt said the Kernels need to get refocused for a Class AA matchup today.

“We’ve got to come out with energy and play as hard as we did (Friday),” he said. “We’ve got to get a win.”

La Lumiere 84

Mitchell 51

La Lumiere (13-1)

Alex Olesinski 4-4 0-0 8; Joseph Toye 3-7 3-3 9; Jalen Coleman 7-14 2-2 20; Munis Tutu 1-4 2-3 4; Sam Logwood 5-8 1-5 11; Eduardo Maitin 0-0 0-0 0; Isaiah Coleman 3-7 2-4 11; Justin Uju 0-0 0-0 0; Jojo Anderson 2-3 6-7 11; Drew Cayce 1-5 0-0 2; Sadiq Inuwa 3-5 1-1 7; Charles Bain 0-1 0-0 0; Joe Johnson 0-0 0-0 0; Lucas Vezaro 0-0 1-2 1; Totals 29-58 18-27 84.

Mitchell (1-4, 1-1 ESD)

Jaron Weich 1-3 0-0 2; Derek Miller 1-4 1-2 3; Beau Brown 5-15 5-6 17; Neil Schlimgen 0-2 0-0 0; Kanin Nelson 3-10 1-2 8; Noah Thompson 1-1 0-0 2; Tyler Houwman 1-3 1-2 1; Connor Morgan 0-1 1-2 1; Ben Miller 0-0 0-0 0; Ryker Kreutzfeldt 2-4 0-0 5; Carter Brewster 3-3 0-0 8; Ethan Jones 0-1 0-1 0; Keagan Soukup 0-0 0-0 0; Jon Jamison 1-2 0-0 2; Tyler Larson 0-1 0-0 0; Totals: 18-50 9-15 51.

Halftime: L 42-23. 3-point goals: L 8-19 (J. Coleman 4, I. Coleman 3, Anderson 1), M 6-19 (Brown 2, Nelson 1, Kreutzfeldt 1, Brewster 2); Rebounds: L 45 (Olesinski 8, Inuwa 8), M 24 (Nelson 4); Assists: L 13 (Tutu 6), M 9 (Brown 4, Jones 2); Steals: L 4 (Tutu 3), M 6 (Morgan 2); Turnovers: L 12, M 12; Personal fouls: L 20, M 20; Techincal fouls: None.

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Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.
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